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Asparagus Au Gratin

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Ingredients
  Thin asparagus spears 1 Pound
  Salt To Taste
  Pepper To Taste
  Thinly sliced button mushrooms 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Margarine/Butter 2 Tablespoon
  All purpose flour 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Milk 1 1⁄4 Cup (20 tbs)
  Lemon juice 2 Teaspoon
  Grated parmesan cheese 2 Tablespoon
Directions

GETTING READY
1) Preheat oven to temperature of 225 degrees.

MAKING
2) In a pan large enough to hold them when they are lying flat, put the asparagus.
3) Pour just enough boiling water to cover and then add salt to taste. Cover the pan and very gently simmer for 10 to 20 minutes, till tender.
4) Use a spatula, to lift out the asparagus very carefully and drain on paper towels. Reserve about ¼ cup of cooking liquid.
5) In a warmed shallow heatproof serving dish, place the asparagus, with the tips pointing toward one end. Keep warm in the oven.
6) In half of the reserved asparagus cooking liquid, simmer the sliced mushrooms for about 2 minutes, till soft. Drain the mushrooms and arrange over half of the asparagus, leaving the tips exposed.
7) To prepare the sauce, in a small saucepan, melt the margarine and sprinkle in the flour. Stir over low heat for about 1 to 2 minutes, till straw-colored.
8) Take the pan off the heat and stir in the milk very gradually along with the remaining asparagus cooking liquid and the lemon juice. Add seasoning to taste.
9) Put the pan back on the heat and simmer for another 2 minutes, stirring, till thick and smooth.
10) Preheat broiler to temperature of high.
11) Pour the sauce all over the mushrooms and sprinkle with the cheese.
12) Use foil to cover the exposed asparagus and broiler for 2 to 3 minutes, till the cheese is golden.

SERVING
13) Serve the preparation while it is still hot and fresh. Makes a good appetizer as well as side dish or even part of main course.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
French
Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Simmering
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Asparagus
Interest: 
Everyday
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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